The Havre wrestling team had a tough weekend on the mat. The team is coming off of a (34-6) defeat to the No. 3 team in the country in Southeastern as well as a showing in the “Battle of the Rockies” where no Lights wrestler finished first in their weight class.
Head coach Tyson Thivierge said that the team ran into a juggernaut this past Friday when they faced the Fire of Southeastern.
“(Southeastern) is the number three team in the country and they showed why,” Thivierge said. “They got the ball rolling at 125 (pounds).”
“I don’t even think we scored a takedown until the fourth match. We put ourselves in an opportunity to win that match, and things just went sideways,” Thivierge continued. “(Southeastern) got momentum. They didn’t take their foot off the gas pedal.”
“It was an eye opener for us,” Thivierge said. “I don’t care about winning duals (or) losing duals, but we did not perform up to our capabilities. That was the emphasis going into Saturday.”
And into Saturday the Lights went with 14 placers, but only around half in second or third in their divisions. Coach Thivierge said his squad is still in a holding pattern of figuring how who they want to be.
“I’m going to be me and I’m going to keep it real and I’m going to go at them and talk to them in ways that we want them to perform,” Thivierge said. “(I’m) not going to sugarcoat anything; this team is in the middle of an identity crisis.”
“They want to be good, but the mental part is half of it (and) the other half is getting out there and performing,” Thivierge continued. “I have to be honest and true to who I am and these guys will fall in line.”
“They’ll find themselves eventually this season,” Thivierge said. “We’re just hoping it’s sooner rather than later.”
The Lights will prepare on a short week as they host Dickinson State at the Armory Gym on Thursday night. Stay tuned for a preview story on that later this week.